Jerusalem – The Jewish population of Israel continues to grow faster than the Arab population.

The data came from from an analysis of data of the Central Bureau of Statistics for the first four months of 2007.

According to the analysis, which was conducted by the American-Israeli team for demographic studies headed by Bennett Zimmerman in California, 75.5 percent of all the births registered in Israel between January and April were from Jewish mothers, compared with 74 percent in 2006 and 69 percent in 1995.

There has been a significant decline in the difference between the number of births with Jewish and Arab women, although Arab women are still leading by 0.8 births per woman.

The change is due to the fact that the fertility rate among women from the former Soviet republics is now close to that of Israeli women (2.8 births per woman), compared with one birth per woman in the first year after they immigrated to Israel.

In Judea and Samaria too very significant demographic changes are

taking place. The negative migration from Judea and Samaria and the Gaza

Strip continues, and in 2006 it reached a total of 25,000 people.

According to records of the passport control police, 15,000 people left

Judea and Samaria through the international crossing points, and 10,500

persons were registered by the international inspectors as having left

the Gaza Strip in 2006. The annual average of negative migration since

1950, is more than 10,000, most of them from Judea and Samaria.

Up until the year 2000 most of the emigrants were Christians, but

since then most of them have been Muslims. The flow of emigration

increased after the Hamas election victory in 2006, and intensified when

the fighting broke out between Hamas and Fatah.

©The Bulletin 2007

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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